“We are satisfied that today our neighbor and ally Greece supports us,” said the Turkish ambassador
Turkey’s ambassador to France, Ali Onaner, spoke today to the French television station A2 about his country’s needs in dealing with the devastating earthquake, expressing “gratitude” for the aid sent by France, but also by Greece.
Asked by a journalist if “unfortunately, it is more often dramatic situations that bring people together?” Onaner said, “You are right. In such situations no one has time to think about any conflicts. And we also have the experience of the 1999 earthquake, when a few weeks apart we had major earthquakes in Turkey and Greece and we were able to provide aid to our neighbor and ally Greece and Greece supported us too.” At this point he repeated, as in yesterday’s television appearance, that “we are satisfied that today our neighbor and ally Greece supports us”.
Besides, during today’s session of the French National Assembly, MPs and members of the government observed a minute of silence as a tribute to the more than 5,000 dead from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
“France is mobilizing with its partners to provide emergency aid to the affected populations” and “French rescue teams are on the ground to participate in rescue, search and aid operations,” underlined the president of the National Assembly, Yael Braun-Pivet.
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